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Benjamin Millepied is Making A Movie

Morgan Lugo

We had a feeling this news was coming, but now it's official: Benjamin Millepied is directing a movie.

Variety just broke the news that he'll be making his directorial debut with Carmen, a film inspired by Georges Bizet's highly successful opera. The story will focus on a woman traveling from the Mexican desert to Los Angeles "in search of freedom," according to Variety's report.


It's no surprise that Millepied quickly caught Hollywood fever since moving back to Los Angeles after stepping down as Paris Opéra Ballet's artistic director. At L.A. Dance Project, he's put a premium on collaborating with artists of different genres, and has experimented with several short films. Considering his Black Swan background and movie star wife, film seems like a natural next step.

We're pumped to find out that there will definitely be dance involved. Millepied is not only directing the movie, but also creating choreography for it. Here's hoping dance plays a major role.

He's also lined up several A-list collaborators: composer Nicholas Britell (Moonlight), cinematographer Darius Khondji (Midnight in Paris) and producers Dimitri Rassam (The Little Prince) and Helen Estabrook (Whiplash).

No details on casting have been announced yet, but shooting is set to begin in Los Angeles early next year. We can't wait to see what Millepied does with this.

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